Program code

Program Duration
9 Days

9-17 September 2020


€ 490


Tracing past routes, engaging in present challenges, imagining possible futures

2020 Program cancelled

The 2nd edition of MeditHerIty – MOBILITY AND HERITAGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN has been postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19 outbreak. The summer school originally meant in September requires the meeting of students and faculty from all over the world. As it is very uncertain that such a meeting can be organised this year as there are likely to be other priorities in September. We thank all the students enrolled so far and we hope to get the chance to meet you in 2021


Cultural heritage is commonly thought as a product of the longstanding link between people and their own territory. But, as anthropologist James Clifford shown us, in our contemporary world culture and identity are associated to "routes" as much as to "roots". We are prompted to recognize that different kinds of mobility and flows are closely connected to the global dynamics of place making.

The Mediterranean is one of the most significant areas where we can observe this phenomenon. Here the constant movement of tourists and migrants across both sides of the sea in the last decades has been producing several (un)expected encounters. On the beaches of Lesvos and Kos as in the ethnic neighbourhoods of Marseille and Barcelona, in the "Sea Memory Museum" of Zarzis as at "Porto M" of Lampedusa, the clear-cut border between tourism and migration is contested and vanished.

In order to follow the paths of this "heritage on the move" we can combine different fields of studies and manage a variety of approaches, ranging from engagement in theoretical debate to application of our skills in innovative projects.

Developing the approach successfully tested during the first edition of the program in 2019 , the main aim of the second edition of the Summer School will be to improve the knowledge of the participants in the anthropology of mobility and heritage and their capacity to develop a fruitful cooperation with private and public agencies.

The Summer School will be divided in sets of lessons and activities including analysis of theoretical and methodological tools; presentation of case studies with an ethnographic approach; visits to specific places and institutions engaged in migration and tourism in Malta.

Topics Covered

  • Tourism-led migration and Migration-led tourism
  • Roots tourism/Diaspora tourism
  • Ethnic neighbourhoods as places of leisure and consumption
  • Everyday multiculturalism
  • Responsible and ethic tourism
  • Applied/Public anthropology
  • Border studies

The program includes a workshop to design a pilot "intercultural walking tour" in Malta related to the "MIGRANTOUR Project"

Program Coordinator

Prof. Francesco Vietti


La Valletta, Malta

Application Deadline

10th April 2020

Requeired Documents to be uploaded in the application form:

CV, ID card or passport/ motivation letter

Target Audience

The summer school is open to students from any background as well as to professionals working in the field of tourism, migration and heritage.


University of Malta

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